• Recruiting successful colleagues: a good interview is essential.

    6 Nov 2017
    Geert-Jan Joosten

    As a candidate, you have experience with job interviews. In your current job you are involved in hiring new colleagues. The hiring of the right candidate is one of the biggest success factors for achieving results within companies. For candidates, it is also important to choose the right company: an environment where you can be successful. Among successes we mean e.g.: making impact and internal promotions, grow within the company and learn. A proper match between a candidate and work environment leads to such results, hence it is important to keep a good interview during the selection phase. In this blog, I will briefly highlight the main elements of an interview for the candidate and hiring manager.

    An effective interview
    What are the drivers behind success? We have seen that hiring managers spend a lot of time on the personality, experience, expertise and competencies of the candidate during the interview. The best interviewers also ask for the achievements that a candidate has made in a specific role and working environment. Successful candidates, however, are not always aware of their own impact they are making and are sometimes far too modest about their achievements. Predictability of candidates’ success increases as hiring managers portray what a candidate needs to be successful in his or her role or work environment. How is it possible to find out if a potential candidate becomes a successful colleague within a few hours? Would you like to know: I would like to invite you to our workshop interviewing.

    Workshop interview
    On November 23, Search & Change will host a workshop for hiring managers and candidates who want to improve their interview skills. During this session you will get the handles that you need to keep a recruitment and selective interview. Of course we will go deeper into the topics mentioned above. If you are interested, please contact me at / 0634850233, there are still a select number of places available.

  • For the full 100%: five tips to reach your full potential

    9 May 2017
    Geert-Jan Joosten

    Leadership. Everyone talks about it. You can even take a course in it. In five days, you can become a reborn leader, or understand precisely what makes you unique. My vision of this? That’s easy to guess: you can’t learn leadership, or take it from a book. Every individual is unique, with their own qualities. Sometimes, these qualities are at such a level that you make a difference in your environment, and always, no matter how hard things get, deliver good results. You thus manifest yourself as a leader in a field that perfectly suits you.

    The ‘problem’ is not so much whether you have leadership qualities, but more importantly whether you yourself know what you are really good at and are able to successfully apply your talent at all times. Even in complex and highly challenging circumstances. This talent constantly keeps manifesting itself. I think that defines leadership. Knowing yourself and exploiting, developing and deploying this quality 100%.

    But how do know when you’ve reached 100%, your personal full potential? Five tips:

    1. Ensure you are aware of the impact you make on your working environment. Take a baseline look at what results you really deliver at work. Then review regularly whether you continually deliver these results, whether they had a decisive impact, and in what circumstances you achieved them
    2. Be ready to raise the bar, so that you know how to handle failure. It sounds irritating: something not going right. And yet you will see that you can learn a lot from this in order to improve. In summary: be ready to learn, otherwise you’ll stagnate!
    3. Know in what position or role your strong points will be put to best use. Choose the sport that you can win a gold medal in; what position or role gives you this opportunity? What conditions are necessary?
    4. Know what you and others need from the working environment, colleagues and/or your direct manager in order to function effectively. What factors or features will allow you to grow, and inspire and motivate you? What aspects will have the opposite effect? If you learn how to work with your environment and your environment learns how to work with you, it becomes a lot easier.
    5. Ask yourself what you want to learn or develop in your next job, so that you know what to focus on and what results are truly important to you. Know the purpose of your time at work; this will make you far more effective.